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How to save money when booking a holiday

Holidays are often at the forefront of our minds during the summer. However, money is one of the biggest barriers that many of us face...

Whether you are going interrailing or planning a long weekend away, there are methods you can take to save yourself some moolah. Here are some of the best money-saving hacks to try:

1) Check out money saving websites.

Package deals are often the cheapest way to book a holiday. This combines both return flights and accommodation into the final price. You may want to look out for all-inclusive deals since food can be an extra expense that's easy to ignore. Listed are some of the best price comparison websites to help you find the cheapest deals.

Travel Republic
Trip Advisor

2) Check out money saving apps.

We’ve all seen the annoying advert. But even I was tempted to say ‘Wowcher’ when I saw their holiday deals. With trips to Berlin from £99 (including return flights, breakfast and a 4* hotel), you may find yourself saving up to 61% on package holidays.

Lucky Trip

Featuring ‘Trip of the week,’ this app provides users with a new outstanding deal every week. Alongside their promoted trip, the app allows you to set filters to find package holidays tailored to you. With all their packages including flights, accommodation and entertainment, this app plans your holiday for you whilst saving you ££.

3) Look out for last minute deals.

Websites such as Trivago, Lastminute, Expedia and Hotwire are excellent ways to book a spontaneous holiday. If you aren't fussy about the destination, check out these websites and treat yourself to a last minute bargain.

4) Finding a flight.

Although package holidays are often cheaper, they may not always be the best option. If you are travelling for an extensive period of time, it's worth doing a price comparison on flights. Websites such as Skyscanner, Kayak and Opodo are your best options.

Remember: When looking for a flight, search incognito since your browser history may cause a spike in fare charges!

5) Accommodation: hotels

If you are booking a hotel, the cheapest way to do it is via price comparison websites. Check out TripAdvisor or Booking.com and secure yourself a good deal on hundreds of locations.

6) Accommodation: for backpackers and budget holidayers

If you’re travelling for long periods of time, package holidays probably won't be suitable. If you are budgeting, splashing the cash on hotels may not be an option. Some successful ways to save money on your accommodation may be as follows:

Airbnb: Download the app and browse the accommodation around you. It is often one of the cheapest options. This is a great way to save money and live amongst the locals.
Remember: always check the reviews and book a private room to avoid any unfortunate miscommunication.

Couchsurfing: A similar concept to Airbnb — apart from the added bonus of it being free. Sign up on the website to share an authentic travel experience with the locals. This is a great way to meet like-minded people. However, like Airbnb, there are safety precautions that one must take — don’t let the thought of saving money override your own safety.

Workaway: Stay, help and connect with a variety of families, businesses and establishments. For £27 you can sign up and volunteer at any of the places provided from all over the world. In exchange for your manual work, you will receive free accommodation and will often be provided with food too. This is a fantastic way to meet other like-minded individuals and save money on your travels too.

Hostels: Hostels are a great alternative to hotels in saving money. They are also ideal for solo travellers. Often,  you are able to stay in dorms of around 10 people, making it an effective and sociable way to meet new faces. If you require the privacy of a hotel, hostels also offer private or double rooms. Visit Hostel World and Hostel Bookers to view some of the best deals they have to offer.

Featured image: Josie Kouwenhoven on Unsplash